build a recycling organizer

Build a Recycling Organizer

Project Overview

Tired of recycling boxes and bags cluttering up your garage or porch? Build an organizer that is not only functional but also elegant - and environmentally preferable, too. The one pictured here was constructed from FSC-certified lumber and plywood and painted with low-VOC paint. Everything you will need for this project can be found at The Home Depot.

Steps

    Step 1

    Construct the bottom
    Construct the bottom and top frames using 2x2s. Dimensions of both the bottom and top frames are: 44-1/2" wide, 20-1/2" deep with a cross piece centre at 17-1/2" from the left side. Connect the bottom and top frames at each corner using 2x2s that are 32" in length.

    Step 2

    Cut a piece of plywood
    Cut a piece of plywood to fit on the bottom frame. Dimensions of bottom plywood are: 20-1/2" x 45". Notch out 1 1/2" squares where the uprights are.

    Step 3

    For the shelf on the right
    For the shelf on the right (that holds recycling blue boxes), mount cross pieces half way between the top and bottom, going all the way around. Cut a piece of plywood to fit in that space and notch out the corners of the plywood so that it fits around the frame.

    Step 4

    For the shelf on the left
    For the shelf on the left (that holds the organic green bin), cut 2x2s 4" long and screw them to the inside of the uprights. Then cut some plywood with the corners notched out to fit the uprights.

    Step 5

    Cover the back
    Cover the back of the recycling organizer with plywood. Dimensions of back are: 44-1/2" x 35". Then cover the sides with plywood so that they overhang the back and are flush with the front frame. Dimensions of sides are: 33" x 20-1/2".

    Step 6

    Construct the doors
    Construct the doors using plywood. Dimensions of left door are: 33" x 18". Dimensions of right door are: 33" x 28".

    Step 7

    Construct the lid
    Construct the lid using plywood. Dimensions of lid: 45" x 20-1/2". Nail trim around the raw edges of the lid. Dimensions of lid trim are: 45" in length x 1-1/2" tall x 1/2" thick for 2 sides of the lid, 20-1/2" in length x 1-1/2" tall x 1/2" thick for the other 2 sides of the lid.

    Step 8

    Nail trim
    Nail trim around the raw edges of the bottom. Dimensions of base trim are: 44-1/2" in length x 2-3/4" tall x 1/2" thick for 2 sides of the base, 20-1/2" in length x 2-3/4" tall x 1/2" thick for the other 2 sides of the base.

    Step 9

    Mark
    Mark where the hinges are to be attached - 2 attaching the back frame to the lid and 2 attaching each door to the side frame. Pre-drill the holes for the hinges and screw them on.

    Step 10

    Mark
    Mark where the cabinet knobs or pulls are to be attached - 1 on each door and 1 on the lid. Pre-drill the holes for the cabinet knobs or pulls and screw them on.

    Step 11

    Paint the exterior
    Paint the exterior of the recycling organizer using low-VOC paint.